Your Community PARK SPACES

Park spaces are all traditional outdoor spaces such as greenways, pathways, playgrounds and dog parks that are used by the public primarily for recreational and
leisure uses.

The Hidden Valley Community Association (HVCA) takes great pride in our community park spaces with 15 playgrounds, 27 park spaces and pathways throughout Hidden Valley and Hanson Ranch.

Goals:

  • Ensure that community members have equitable access to park spaces and the amenities they value.

  • Ensure all ages and abilities have amenities they value accessible to them regardless of age, ability, culture or gender.

  • Nurture a connected park network in Hidden Valley and Hanson Ranch.

  • Vary the types of park amenities as they are replaced throughout the community while avoiding replication of amenities. (i.e. does every park need a playground with monkey bars or do some need public BBQ and picnic areas?)

  • Guide the redevelopment of park spaces in an economic, ecological and socially sustainable way.

H2 SPACES

“A sustainable future depends on a solid foundation”

In 2020, the HVCA launched its H2 Spaces Project (Link www.h2spaces.org) “Our Community Parks Strategic Document”, a Master Plan built from observations of how our community park spaces were used. This plan acknowledges that needs and desires change over time. Space has been left within the document so that lessons learned from each park space revitalization can be brought to the next project.

Any park replacement within our community will be completed as part of an overall vision of core neighbourhood hubs and destinations connected by formal and informal pathways to neighbourhood nooks.

The resulting network of spaces should create a more dynamic park environment that grows and changes as our residents’ and members’ need change; but within that change, the network preserves the values important to our community.

Current Project – Hidden Valley Heights

This storm water pond, known by many in our community as the “Duck Pond”, is the next park space in our community planned for revitalization in 2023. This space was categorized in our initial engagements as a “community-destination” because of its water feature; the only one in our community and one for which many residents travel across the community for its specific qualities.

Due to the condition of the play equipment, the City of Calgary’s Parks department in collaboration with the HVCA removed the old equipment this past fall. In the interim, while the H2 Spaces project team continues with community engagement, conceptual designs and fundraising for an updated park space – temporary picnic benches have been installed.

As part of the engagement process, the Hidden Valley Community Association has published a follow-up engagement survey for resident and association members. This feedback will help to determine which amenities will be installed. Click here to participate (the link will open a new window with a form on our Microsoft Teams site).

Donations in support of this project can be made directly through Parks Foundation Calgary, using the drop-down menu selection of HID519. All donations $50 or more are eligible for a tax receipt. Click here to donate to HID519 and select the “Park Projects” link. In the Project Link drop down box, please choose “Hidden Valley Park HID 519” (This link to the Calgary Parks Foundation website will open in a new window).

To join the H2 Spaces planning committee for this park space, please reach out via email to parkspaces@hiddenhut.org.

Original layout of playground equipment

Project Update – Hidden Hills Way

A group of neighbourhood volunteers along with the HVCA’s project team has collaborated with Parks Foundation Calgary has secured KidNation as the playground vendor to shape what this future park space will look like. This Hidden Hills “Nook” is estimated at a cost of $211,000. With the support of our community, the HVCA project team has been able to reach 100% of this fundraising goal!

The park space, in collaboration with The City will be revitalized in the spring of 2022.